Deputy President William Ruto has asked church leaders to embrace Savings and Credit Co- Operatives (SACCOs) in a bid to improve their economic status.
Dr Ruto said the government will always give churches the necessary support aimed at transforming their lives.
He said the government will continue to support co-operative societies, which in turn mobilize resources for the development of the country.
Dr Ruto said: “We know as members of the clergy you do not get enough money like other Kenyans. To help you, you should come up with a program of raising funds and later take loans when in need.”
He added: “SACCOs in Kenya have raised Shs 500 Billion and we want you as the Divine church to join in the mobilization of local resources through SACCOs so that we can fund our development.”
The Deputy President said there was need to mobilise local resources to fund the country’s development in additional to foreign loans and taxes.
Dr Ruto spoke at his Karen residence where he hosted more than 4,000 pastors from the church the African Divine Church (ADC) for a prayer service and launch of African Divine Clergy SACCO.
He was accompanied by MPs Mwambu Mabonga (Bumula), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu), Alice Wahome (Kandara), Mary Wamaua (Maragua), Malulu Injendi (Malava), Bernard Shinali (Ikholomani), Nixon Korir (Langata), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), John Waluke (Sirisia), Oscar Sudi (Kapseret) and former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale.
At the same time, The African Divine Church of Kenya has asked Dr Ruto and other political leaders not to shy away from participating in the development of churches.
The Church’s Archbishop John Chabuga said they will continue to work with leaders in the development of all its places of worship for the sake of the spread of the Gospel.
Archbishop Chabuga said the first commitment to any leader was to serve God.
“We will continue to work with politicians among other leaders on matters of church development,” he said.
MPs present said they will continue to partner with churches in serving Kenyans.
“We will continue to participate in the development of churches for the sake of the word of God, ” said Ms Wahome.
The legislators said they would ignore those criticising their contributions in churches.
“We will ignore those criticising our contributions to help develop churches. They are not God to tell us the nature of money we have ” said Ms Wahome.
Sentiments that were echoed by her Maragua counterpart who said some leaders were too mean even when it comes to church offering.
Mr Korir said the decision to allow and reject church offering should be left to the church urging politicians to keep off.
Mr Korir: “Let the church manage its affairs and leave politics out of the church.”
The MPs, at the same time said their support for Jubilee in implementing its development agenda for Kenyans was intact.
They urged Kenyans to ignore those causing discord and confusion in jubilee, saying they were pursuing selfish interests.
Ms Wamaua said residents of Central Kenya were firmly behind the leadership of President Kenyatta and the Deputy President.
“As people of Central Kenya, we will work hard to ensure Dr Ruto takes over the leadership of this country when President Uhuru Kenyatta’s term in office comes to an end. But for now we are supporting the President and the Jubilee agenda,” said Ms wahome
On his part Dr Ruto said the Government was committed to implementing the Big Four Government development agenda with the aim of creating jobs for the youth.
He said: “The Big Four Agenda is intended to create jobs in Kenya so that we can deal with poverty and unemployment in the country”.
The Deputy President asked the church to join development partners and work with the Government towards the country’s development.